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USA U-23's edge Qatar, but likely won't advance at Toulon Tournament

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The Americans held on to an early lead to win a dull game

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The United States have more than likely played their last game at the 2015 Toulon Tournament. The U-23s beat Qatar on Tuesday by the score of 1-0 in what was simply a boring game to watch. An early goal was enough to get the win over the Qataris.

Starting lineup

What happened

The U.S. started the game off nicely with several attacks towards Qatar's goal. They found the opening goal just six minutes into the game. A turnover in the midfield found Alonso Hernandez and he broke 2-on-2 with Julian Green. Hernandez's brilliantly weighted cross was finished beautifully by Green with a side-footed volley near the penalty spot.

And ... that's about all the action this game saw. Despite a few more late chances for the U.S., they failed to add to their lead. Unfortunately, six points through four games doesn't appear to be enough to advance them further in the tournament. While not mathematically eliminated yet, they would need the Netherlands and Costa Rica to completely implode to have any chance at advancing.

The Netherlands would need to lose their last game by three goals or more and Costa Rica would need to gain a maximum of three points in their final two games and accumulate a negative goal difference.

Quick thoughts

  • Julian Green's great strike was another moment of brilliance on his résumé, but we're still waiting for him to become a complete 90 minute player.
  • Alonso Hernandez had a great tournament. He's a versatile attacker who can play any of the front positions.
  • Overall, it was an extremely disappointing tournament for the U-23's despite their 2-2 record. This group has lacked cohesiveness from day one.
  • With Olympic qualifying approaching and the U-20 group featuring many standout performers, this could be the last time we see a lot of these players in a U.S. shirt.

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